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Church Members Reflect on Elmore County Storms 2 Years after Losing a 100 year old Building

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A Church Rebuilds on Faith

 

Eclectic, AL--Ramona Thornton remembers the day she saw Mount Hebron East Baptist Church completely destroyed by the storms in Eclectic, AL.

"It was the most heartbreaking day of my life."

Thornton has been a member of the church for more than 40 years. Mount Hebron East Baptist has been a fixture in the community since the 1896. After visiting the devastation, many church members say it almost seemed impossible to rebuild

"But it didn't take long for us to regroup," says Thornton.

The church only received less than one third of the funds needed to rebuild from an insurance check.

Pastor Bob Williamson says church members took on the task to raise the money to rebuild. Through donations and community support, Mount Hebron East Baptist Church raised more than $100,000 dollars. An outpouring of support also came from community members who provided services to offset additional costs such as electrical wiring, which saved the church thousands.

"It's a good testimony to finding the will of God who will furnish everything he needs," Williamson expressed.

A project estimated to cost $600,000 dollars only cost the church a little more than $300,000 dollars. Williamson says several churches in the area partnered with Mount Hebron East Baptist to raise the funds. They also received donations from churches in other states.

Church members dedicated their new building today during a special ceremony. Members believe it was through God and their faith they are able to call a new place their house of worship.

Williamson says,"Though it was tragedy of this tornado coming through here destroying this building, I think it wound up being a good thing because it gave them an opportunity to see God at work and give them a vision for a larger ministry."

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